Nothing could stop creators from innovating concepts except their own minds. Woods, which were largely used to make floating vehicles and furniture items only, has been used by several creative minds to build automobiles. Of course, wooden vehicles weigh heavier than contemporary cars where lightweight and high-strength materials like aluminum and carbon fibers are being used for better performances. However, wood has low carbon footprint when compared to the modern materials, thereby making it highly sustainable. Designers and creators across the world have used this stupendous material to craft cars that could be driven like any other conventional vehicle. Some of the highly admired wooden cars are listed here.
1. The Splinter
'The Splinter' is not only a wooden car, but also has the capacity to swift through the roads at a speed of about 300 km/hr. Designed by a team of students from North Carolina State University, this two-seater car was built with three different wooden materials i.e maple, plywood and MDF. This stylish car has been equipped with a 4.6 liter V8 twin turbocharged engine that could crank up a remarkable power of about 700 bhp. To everybody's surprise, the weight of this car is estimated to be just 1134 kg which is quite lesser than the contemporary sports cars.
2. Half-retro half-modern wooden car
As the title describes, the picture portrays a wooden car that has a dual personality. To brief, conventional cars are symmetric with respect to their center line. Ukrainian designer, Vasily Lazarenko had brilliantly sculpted a modern car on one side of the center line, and a vintage car on the other. To stupefy further, the designer had carved the vintage part as a convertible, while the modern part possesses a covered roof, thus makes the design highly unique and distinct.
3. Ferrari F50
Italy based artist, Livio De marchi had built a Ferrari F50 car entirely with a combination of several wooden materials. The appreciable part about this vehicle is its float ability on the waters. As the vehicle is equipped with a power source, it could be driven and steered on the water source, thus making it highly amphibious.
4. Hispano Suiza H6C Tulip Wood Torpedo
H6C is a wooden race car built with strips of tulip-wood. In order to hold these wood strips with veneer, several brass rivets were used to fasten them together. As weight is a major concern for racing cars, H6C has been carefully designed to constrain its weight to about 160 pounds. Under the hood, this car entitled a six cylinder SOHC engine that has the capacity to crank up 200 hp of unleashed power.
5. Wooden Cadillac
Jerry Nickel crafted a wooden Cadillac using strips of Mahogany and wooden boards along with glue, drywall screws and varnish. It took four and half years for the designer to craft this benevolent model. The vehicle is powered by two V8 engines. A casual glance at its pictures could describe the hard work underwent by the creator.
6. 1952 Ariel Custom Wood Car
The wooden car portrayed in the image was built by a boat builder based in California. To mention, this vehicle dates back to 1959. Its suspension parts were borrowed from a Citroen's vehicle. A few years back, this car was auctioned on eBay; however, it didn't meet up the seller's expected bid. Equipped with a four cylinder engine and four speed transmission system, this custom built wooden car deserves to be among the top 10 best wooden cars in the world.
7. Wooden 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL
A German based designer had crafted a full scaled model of a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL. This elegant vehicle resembles the original model brilliantly, with gull wing doors and precise interiors. However, this vehicle doesn't equips a real engine under its hood. Made from teak wood, this model portrays Mercedes Benz's yesteryear model with charming style quotients.
8. 1939 Lagonda V12 Rapide Tulipwood Tourer
Lagonda had been a favorite brand in the 1930's. Their V12 machines were highly admired owing to their racy performances. Later, designers carved a Lagonda V12 Rapide with Tulipwood and brass, although an aluminum coach was used as the base part. Several brass rivets were used to fasten the wood; yet, the car weighed lighter than the conventional cars.
9. Wooden Volkswagen Beetle
Bosnia based automobile enthusiast, Momir Bojic, crafted an old Volkswagen Beetle with oak wood. It took an year for the creator to make the car drivable on real roads. This wooden vehicle further amplifies Beetle's classic design that has been preserved for several decades.
10. Renault Rio Customized Wood Car
Equipped with a four cylinder engine, Renault Rio is entirely made from wood except a few significant parts. A three speed transmission system is coupled to its engine to generate efficacious efficiency. To mention, this vehicle has been manufactured 44 years ago and fortunately, it runs effortlessly on the modern roads.